Links: NASAs Warp Ship-Designs, Times New Roman, Anarchy in Reykjavik and a Q&A with Louis CK

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Lost Type Blog | Diagrams – John Philipps Emslie: John Philipps Emslie illustrated a large number of maps and contributed to the British topographical archive in the mid to late 1800s. These astronomical and geographical illustrations from his body of work are insane.

Unquiet Film Series - Times New Roman - YouTube: This is a film about font. Times New Roman was designed for The Times in 1931 and is one of the most recognised fonts in the world. Whether you like it or not, it is not a font to be ignored.

World Airports Voronoi: Each region is closer to a particular airport than any other. This partitioning of the sphere is called a spherical Voronoi diagram.

justin plunkett imagines the media's influence on urban architectural sites: cape town-based designer justin plunkett has reinterpreted his professional familiarity with advertising and marketing as a series of digitally-formed architectural photographs. 'con/struct' examines the influence of brands and commercialization on lifestyle and architecture, particularly cultural icons like churches, skyscrapers and shopping malls.

DC Comics Gotham City Map Story: The Story Behind DC Comics' Famous Gotham City Map

Industrial Japanese Landscapes Reconstructed Using Human Hair: Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki can turn the foul hair clogging your drain into an intricate sculpture. In the past, Iwasaki has turned rolls of electrical tape into topographical maps, and morphed beach towels and dust into models of Coney Island. But for his most recent exhibition Out of Disorder that debuted at the Kawasaki City Museum this past fall, the sculptor re-imagined industrial landscapes using hair, cloth fiber, and dust—dry, listless material that fits the essence of a decrepit power plant.


[Comic] Google's Other Androids | PandoDaily: In 2013 Google went on a shopping spree. It snapped up eight robotics companies in six months, sparked a media firestorm, and inadvertently ended up as a contractor for the US Military.

A first-person engine in 265 lines: In this article, we'll compose a first-person exploration from scratch, quickly and without difficult math, using a technique called raycasting.


We could travel to new worlds in NASA's starship Enterprise: US space agency commissions design for its first warp speed spaceship

"Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar Communication" | NASA: Addressing a field that has been dominated by astronomers, physicists, engineers, and computer scientists, the contributors to this collection raise questions that may have been overlooked by physical scientists about the ease of establishing meaningful communication with an extraterrestrial intelligence.

Map of the Day - National Geographic Magazine: Fifty Years of Exploration


BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti Goes Long – Matter – Medium: The media mogul (twice over) on being both contagious and sticky

You've Been Obsessing Over Your Likes and Retweets Way Too Much | Opinion | WIRED: The digital age version of the proverbial tree falling in the woods question is: Does something exist if it hasn't been liked, favorited, linked to, or re-tweeted? According to many tech critics, the tragic answer is no. Like Lady Gaga, we live for the applause. But if constantly chasing other people's approval is a shallow way to live that leads to time and energy being wasted over pleasing others and recurring feelings of insecurity and emptiness, how can we course correct?

Power and Money

David Graeber: "Spotlight on the financial sector did make apparent just how bizarrely skewed our economy is in terms of who gets rewarded" - radical elements in the labor movement began embracing such visions from quite early on. After the successful campaigns for the eight-hour day in the 1880s, people immediately started thinking, can we move this to seven, six, or less. Paul Lafargue, Marx's son-in-law, and author of "The Right to Be Lazy," was already calling for something along those lines in 1883. I have a Wobbly T-shirt with a turn-of-the-century style design that says "join the IWW for a new dawn," it has a sun rising over the rooftops, and on the sun is written, "four-day week, four-hour day." I don't know how old the image really is but I'm guessing it's from the Teens or the '20s.

Mehr Punk, weniger Hölle! - News Ausland: Europa - In Island fand ein einzigartiges politisches Experiment statt: Vier Jahre lang regierten Anarchisten die Hauptstadt Reykjavik.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Free Speech? Visions of the Future of Copyright, Privacy, and the First Amendment in Science Fiction by Daxton "Chip" Stewart :: SSRN: Science fiction authors have long projected the future of technology, including communication devices and the way in which future societies may use them. In this essay, these visions of future technology, and their implications on the future of media law and policy, are explored in three areas in particular – copyright, privacy, and the First Amendment. Themes examined include moving toward massively open copyright systems, problems of perpetual surveillance by the state, addressing rights of obscurity in public places threatened by wearable and implantable computing devices, and considering free speech rights of autonomous machines created by humans. In conclusion, the author offers a rebuttal to recent critics of legal scholarship by suggesting the value in exploratory, forward-looking research that examines the problems judges and policymakers may be addressing in the near and distant future.

How the Recession Reshaped the Economy, in 255 Charts - Five years since the end of the Great Recession, the private sector has finally regained the nine million jobs it lost. But not all industries recovered equally. Each line below shows how the number of jobs has changed for a particular industry over the past 10 years. Scroll down to see how the recession reshaped the nation's job market, industry by industry.


The Rat King: On the Fascinations (and Revulsions) of Rattus - Boing Boing: In what he calls "an Experiment in Controlled Digression," Mark Dery touches on xenogastronomy, ortolan, Edible Dormouse, Victor Hugo's fondness for rat paté, rat-baiting as a betting sport in Victorian times, the rat as New York's unofficial mascot, Luis Bunuel's pet rat, scientific research into such pressing questions as whether rats laugh, and whether rats will inherit the Earth as a result of climate change, Dracula's dominion over rats, and of course the (cryptozoological myth? well-documented phenomenon?) of the Rat King.

What's Lost as Handwriting Fades - "When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated," said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collége de France in Paris. "There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain.

Graphing the distribution of English letters towards the beginning, middle or end of words - Prooffreader

"You should be left with a fucking mess of unanswered questions" – Medium: A career-spanning Q&A with Louis C.K.

John Fante: The renegade writer Bukowski called 'God' | Dangerous Minds: When not writing, Fante spent his time drinking and gambling, taking a similar route to the one Bukowski would follow years later.


2001: A Space Odyssey -- A Look Behind the Future - YouTube: In 1966, Look magazine released a documentary on the making of Stanly Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and the science featured in the film. Vernon Myers, the publisher and president of the magazine, bookends the documentary, announcing that Look would feature the film in its magazine to coincide with its then-1967 release date. If you remember, Kubrick got his start in photography working for the magazine as a young man, so it makes sense that his former-employer would want to feature his upcoming film. The documentary is called A Look Behind the Future, and provides an interesting glimpse at what people in 1966 thought the future of the year 2001 would be like.

How Disney learned to stop worrying and love copyright infringement - For years, Disney was notoriously heavy-handed in defense of its intellectual property. Then along came "Frozen"

40 Jahre 'Dark Star' – Interview mit John Carpenter: 'Dude. Das Alien war doch nur ein Gummiball mit Farbe drauf' - Rolling Stone: Wir sprachen mit John Carpenter über Gummibälle als Aliens, eingefrorene Piloten und die Herausforderung, heute noch einen guten Science-Fiction-Film drehen zu können.

The Spielberg Oner - One Scene, One Shot on Vimeo: One overlooked aspect of Spielberg is that he's actually a stealth master of the long take. From Duel to Tintin, for forty years, he has sneakily filmed many scenes in a single continuous shot.



DJ Food 'Children of the Sun' Farmfest Mix 2014 by DJ Food on SoundCloud - Hear the world's sounds: 'Children of the Sun' is a mix about the sun and summer in general, made specially for Farmfestival 2014. 50 minutes designed to relax to outside, lying on the grass in the warmth of the sun. Taking in jazz, beats, ambient, soul, funk, rock and electronica each track comments on the sun, summer or the great outdoors in some way.

Wolfgang Dauner - Take Off Your Shoes To Feel The Setting Sun (MPS)
The KLF - Brownsville Turnaround On The Tex-Mex Border (KLF Communications)
Koushik - Lying In the Sun (Stones Throw)
DJ Food - Sunspot (Unreleased)
Boards of Canada - A Beautiful Place Out In The Country (Warp)
Three Dog Night - Out In The Country (Dunhill)
Dr Rubberfunk - Sunset Breakdown (GPS Recordings)
The Orb - Little Fluffy Clouds (Ambient Mix MkI) (Big Life)
Ammoncontact - Children Of The Sun (Ninja Tune)
Belbury Poly - Summer Round (Ghost Box)
Sesame Street - Bees & Honey (Children's Television Workshop)
July - Dandelion Seeds (Bam-Caruso)
Diplo - Summer's Gonna Hurt You (Big Dada)
Isley Brothers - Summer Breeze (Epic)
Roberta Flack - I Can See The Sun In Late December (Atlantic)
Delia Derbyshire & Barry Bermange - Dreams / Land (BBC)
The Dells - Wichita Lineman (Cadet)
The KLF - Pulling Out of Ricardo And The Dusk Is Falling Fast (KLF Communications)

Jaguar Skills - The Piano Loop Mix by DJ Jaguar Skills: JAGUAR SKILLS THE JAGUAR SKILLS SHooOO!!! SUPER MIX No: 026 - THE PIANO LOOP MIX

Marshall Jefferson - Move Your Body
Bizzarre Inc - Playing With Knives
Alison Limerick - Where Love Lies
Rhythm Is Rhythm - Strings Of Life
Nightcrawlers - Push The Feeling On
Kym Sims - Too Blind To See It
Behrouz Vs Fpi Project - Rich In Paradise (Piano Paradise Instrumental Remix)
The Movement Club - Going Back To My Roots
Inner City - Good Life
Axwell - I Found You
Ralphi Rosario - An Instrumental Need
Jimi Polo - Betters Days
Utah Saints - Something Good
Fatboy Slim - Praise You
D.J. Pierre - Get On the Floor (Extended Version)
Strike - U Sure Do
The Prodigy - Your Love
Robert Miles - Children
Original - I Luv You Baby
The Prodigy - Wind It Up
New Atlantic - I Know Livin'
Joy - Dreamer
Slo Moshun - Bells Of Ny
Awesome 3 - Don't Go
Congress - 40 Miles
Brothers In Rhythm - Such A Good Feeling
Bobby Brown - 2 Can Play That Game
East Side Beat - Ride Like The WInd
The Streets - Weak Become Heros
Eric Prydz - Pjanoo
Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman
K-Klass - Let Me Show You
Happy Mondays - Step On
N-Joi - Anthem
Happy Clappers - I Believe
Starlight - Numero Uno
Robin S - Show Me Love
Black Box - Ride On Time
Sterling Void - It's Alright
Felix - Don't You Want Me?
Hyper Go Go - High
Tensnake - Coma Cat
Cola Boy - 7 Ways To Love
Manix - Feel Real Good
Rozalla - Faith
FPI Project - Risky
Liquid - Sweet Harmony


Mark Fisher, Hauntology und der kapitalistische Realismus: Wir, das Fußvolk im kapitalistischen System, sind im Hamsterrad des ewigen Kreislaufs von Produktion und Konsum gefangen und können weder vor, noch zurück. Wir haben unsere Kreativität und unsere Zukunft verloren. Mark Fisher weist das an den Sackgassen auf, in die sich die Popkultur des 21. Jahrhunderts manövriert hat: die Krise des Pop und der Aufstieg des Neoliberalismus gehen Hand in Hand – eine bestechende, extrem spannende Gesellschaftsanalyse.

Das maximal Fremde - Von Menschen und Außerirdischen: Außerirdische sind aus der Popkultur nicht mehr wegzudenken. Mal treten sie als kosmische Bedrohung in Erscheinung, als eine fremde Macht aus dem Dunkel des Weltraums, die manipuliert, versklavt und zerstört. Mal kommen sie in friedlicher Absicht, entpuppen sich als Retter und Erlöser der Menschheit.

HR2 Der Tag: Geld macht Geld – Neues vom Kapital: Empört euch, aber nicht sofort, sondern rechnet erstmal nach! Die neue Hoffnung der Kapitalismuskritiker kommt wieder aus Frankreich. Nach dem charismatischen Greis Stéphane Hessel der sehr viel jüngere ökonom Thomas Piketty, der noch nicht mal gegen den Kapitalismus ist. Er nennt seine zahlengesättigte Untersuchung "Das Kapital im 21. Jahrhundert" - und vor allem die Hauptthese hat sich sofort um die Welt verbreitet: "r > g", die Rendite aus Kapital wächst schneller als die Wirtschaft und die Einkommen aus Arbeit, die Reichen werden immer reicher, Leistung lohnt sich nicht. Neu ist daran weniger die Aussage, sondern ihre Wirkung: Piketty überzeugt offenbar die, die es bisher nicht wahrhaben wollten. Vor allem in den USA zweifelt man am eigenen Mythos, dass jeder es schaffen kann, und holt sich Rat bei dem ökonomen. Seine Gegenrezepte klingen bekannt: Umverteilung, vor allem Steuern auf Vermögenswerte. Kann sich der Kapitalismus so wieder einmal aus sich selber heraus reformieren?

WDR Hörspiel: Vom Bösen: Dr. Jekyll und Mr. Hyde (1): Londons Straßen liegen in Dunkelheit und Nebel: Willkommener Schutz für den gewissenlosen und grausamen Mann, der Kinder und Frauen quält, Männer betrügt und mordet. Buch: Robert Louis Stevenson; Bearbeitung: Nick McCarty; Regie: Annette Kurth

Generation Gefällt mir - wie die Jugend klickt: Sie sind ständig online: sie posten, chatten, liken. Wenn Jugendliche versunken auf die kleinen Bildschirme ihrer Smartphones starren, wenn sie pausenlos kurze Nachrichten an alle möglichen Freunde schicken, was passiert da eigentlich?

Jean Baudrillard und die Kultur der Simulation: Der französische Philosoph Jean Baudrillard beschrieb die Mechanismen der Macht des Konsums als einen Ausdruck einer neuartigen "Kultur der Simulation", die den kritischen Geist aushöhle.

60 Gramm Vinyl und ein Loch in der Mitte – Schallplattengeschichten: Wer hätte das gedacht? Als Ende der achtziger die CD die Schallplatte ablöste, pries die Musikgemeinde den dauerhaft klaren Klang, frei von Kratzern und Rauschen und stieg ein in die digitale Welt. Nur ein paar Skeptiker und ewig Gestrige, so schien es, hielten an dem alten Medium fest. Und heute? Heute ist sie tatsächlich immer noch da und erfreut sich stetigen Zuwachses. Edler Pop, Klassiker der Musikgeschichte und ausgewählt Indie-Produktionen erscheinen ganz selbstverständlich auf Vinyl und, bei Umgehung der CD, zugleich im Netz. Wie sieht die Zukunft aus, was wird überdauern, die LP oder die CD?